Oklahoma County Jail In Need Of Linen Donations

Before we dive into our full slate of clickable, digestible Internet content for this week, I wanted to inform our kind, generous readers that the Oklahoma County Jail – just days after both an accused rapist and murder rappeled 12-stories out of the facility – is facing a sheet shortage and could use some of that famed “Oklahoma Standard.”

If you have any clean linens, sheets, or even some Bed, Beth and Beyond coupons stockpiled in a cabinet, please drop them off at the Oklahoma County Jail anytime this week. They could use them.

Via ABC News:

Two county jail escapees, including a murder suspect, have been arrested after breaking out of the Oklahoma County jail in Oklahoma City early Friday by using sheets tied together to climb down the outside of the building from a 12th floor cell, authorities said.

Pablo Robledo, 34, who was being held on a first-degree murder charge, was found and arrested Friday afternoon in southwest Oklahoma City by city police and U.S. marshals, said jail spokesman Mac Mullings…

Robledo and his cellmate escaped by breaking a window of their cell and climbing down, Mullings said, adding that Robledo was seen on jail security video about 5:25 a.m. outside the jail.

His cellmate, Jose Hernandez, fell or jumped from the makeshift rope around the fourth floor, apparently breaking a leg, before being found and subsequently arrested by Oklahoma City police Friday morning.

Man, I hope none of the other inmates told him to break a leg before the daring escape. If so, I bet they feel really bad!

Obviously, there are a lot of thoughts and questions to unpack here, ranging from “How’d they get so many sheets?” to “Did nobody notice the 100-ft long line of sheets hanging out a cell window?” to “I hope the jail doesn’t use the same company Devon did to make window repairs!”

Of course, the most important question is “WTF are we supposed to do about this debacle of a jail?!?” As any long time OKC resident knows, it’s been cursed dating back to the 1990s, when prisoners escaped via similar methods, and communicated to each other through toilets. The jail still has toilets, right? I know they’ve had plumbing issues, so I guess that’s another question to add to the list.

Anyway, if you know the answer on how to fix our jail, let us know in the comments, and then run for public office, and then win, and then go fix it.

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30 Responses

  1. Shut down the jail and let all the inmates out, since it’s offensive for them to be in cells just because they committed crimes.

  2. Let’s do what politicians do when a crisis occurs….ignore the problem and have a dedication ceremony. I suggest we rename the Oklahoma County Jail as the Kevin Calvey Motor Inn.

    1. Or maybe the Kevin Calvey Can’t Keep ‘Em Inn.

  3. Plumbing problems and now this. The place is a sheet hole.

    1. I see what you did there.

  4. A big ball & crane!

    1. Mask prohibited implosion party. Damn near make enough to buy a new jail or at least the sheets.

  5. While some would scoff that reducing jail populations is the same as to “let all the inmates out,” lest we give offense to snowflakes…

    … a more sensible approach is to support measures like SQ 805, which will be on our November ballot. SQ 805 would disallow sentence “enhancement” for some non-violent misdemeanors.

    Oklahoma locks up more people, for longer, than most other jurisdictions. Why?

    Because Oklahomans are congenital criminals? (That’s silly.)

    Because it makes our crime rate lower than in other places? (It doesn’t.)

    Because we can’t think of better uses for scarce state revenue – like educating our kids so they don’t turn to crime when they grow up? (I know – that’s left-wing thinking.)

    Because it makes Frank Keating’s buddies in the private prison industry happy? (Possibly…)

    Because we confuse being tough on crime with being smart on crime? Yeah, I think that’s it!

    Most District Attorneys oppose SQ 805 of course, because it takes away a bit of their power. But 58% of Oklahoma voters did an end-run around our supposed leaders in 2016 when they passed SQ 780, reclassifying many felony drug offenses as misdemeanors. SQ 780 also raised the threshold for felony property crimes. DAs around the state predicted imminent doom… which did not happen.

    Additional use of the initiative petition is Oklahoma’s best hope for breaking away from stupid stuck-in-the-mud thinking any time soon. Petitions recently brought us medical marijuana and Medicaid expansion that the legislature had refused to consider.

    Piss off the legislature! Vote YES on SQ 805!

    1. I voted for SQ780, even though I had some serious doubts about it. Some of the reforms that have occurred recently seriously impact my neighborhood. I understand it is now a misdemeanor for possession of meth for anything under 20 oz. That is a shit load of meth. If you have ever had the pleasure of living near an active meth-dealing house, it is a nasty, at times scary, deal. I am no anti-drug campaigner, having done many myself over my long life, and I also understand that repeatedly locking drug offenders up does not solve much of anything. I’ve had friends’ lives ruined because of drug laws. Nevertheless, when I see the guys come streaming out of these houses on kids bikes and go riding up and down our streets looking for stuff to steal, I go ahead and let my hypocrisy flag fly proud, and wish that they would all get locked away forever. And when they steal our stuff, they now have to take over $1000 for it to be anything other than a misdemeanor. Amounts under $1000 can mean a lot more to some people in some neighborhoods than they do for others, and that limit can mean a lot to police when they are deciding which neighborhood to patrol, and which crimes to investigate.
      Yes, I know – treatment, treatment. Alternatives to jail will help solve the problem. We’ll see how that works out over the next few years here in OKC. Our MAPS4 money will help to build some new centers. Where the money comes to staff those, and how they will deal with the tsunami of meth and fentanyl coming from China and Mexico, will be at the crux of the problem.

      1. I feel your pain.

        I’ve always wondered why the US has such a horrible drug problem. What is it about our society where people feel that BEING ADDICTED TO DRUGS is better than NOT taking the drugs and facing the realities of the society? I guess it’s because for many folks, the realites of the society are horrible.

        US society is in many ways very, very SICK. When people are sick and cannot get relief and/or treatment, many of them self-medicate (making the cure worse than the disease, but that’s another tale.)

        I mean, I’m sure there are drug addicts in Lucerne, Switzerland and places like that but I’d imagine Oklahoma has them beat by a country mile (or kilometer) when it comes to per-capita abusers.

        Fixing the society would not stop drug addiction, but what do you wanna bet it would reduce the numbers significantly.

        I have no soft spot in my heart for criminals but if you have a sick society, you’re going to have a lot of crime. Drug crime and otherwise. Mexico is happy to manufacture all the pain relief we need, and evidently we’re happy to gobble it up.

      2. Good, thoughtful comment.

        We did live two doors down from a meth lab house a while back. Got burglarized once by its occupants. It was scary. That house was vacated (or shut down?), sold, cleaned up, and is now occupied by a nice family.

        Do you think that your situation is worse now because of the SQ 780 changes? Do junkies actually give any thought to their potential sentences if caught and convicted? I don’t think they care about anything except scoring more of their drug of choice.

        1. I don’t know, Graychin; it may have had an impact. It may be just the rapid growth of the problem with some drugs and the giant size of OKC with the police being stretched thin to cover it. It is definitely partly because of that “sick society” that Lord S talks about, with the breakdown of traditional structures that have formerly helped to weave people together. Although, I have to say, you give rats a bar to push with the reward being a hit of coke, or just a pulse to that part of their brain the registers that pleasure, and they will push that little bar till their brains and bodies wear the fuck out.
          It’s just fun to get high – especially at first. Especially for some folks.
          But the newest drug house/homeless camp in our neighborhood gets plenty of calls to the police. In the last couple of months, I have seen them drive up to that intersection, do a three point turn and drive off again in response to calls. In response to reported sounds of an explosion coming from the house – a house with no electricity – they drove up, asked the crowd of 6 or 8 stunned jackasses if everybody was all right, and then drove off.
          In my youth, I bought a fair amount of pot from Mexico and Columbia – did my best to give those cartels their start. If it had been legalized up here back in the ’70’s, I wouldn’t have been encouraging that trade.
          I don’t know what the answer is to any of this, and at times I think there isn’t one.
          Addicts don’t give much thought to anything other than the next fix, it’s true. The exasperated, tired part of me, looking ahead to the next few years, is wondering whether we couldn’t just ship’em all to Australia.
          Or, no – New Zealand!
          By the way, the first Peewee baseball team I played on, in Texas, was sponsored by a junkyard, and we were the Junkies. Wish I still had that t-shirt.

        2. Now we might give pot a small break there. That is unless you want to toss in Vodka or whiskey as well? And if it wasn’t for pot who’d pay taxes?
          Probably just me but I’ve been around a while as well and I really don’t recall the urge to kick someones door down for a hit on the bong.
          All the rest, especially Meth, hammer down. Most definitely the Devils workshop and a great reason for simple, fast, Chinese capital punishment.
          But in these days I’m not really sure we don’t need some form of getting a little relaxation. I mean I can’t even go to jail for getting high but I can certainly get my ass kicked for wearing a mask!

      3. Word!

    2. if you’re referring to my ‘let all the inmates out’ comment, it’s called sarcasm….

  6. I know how to fix it:


  7. That building is a disaster. Tear it down and start over.

  8. Was just wondering how much bedding those guys need in the middle of summer?

  9. Aside from the point that the 12th floor is for the worst criminals, rappelling down 12 floors with tied together sheets deserves to be recognized for at least being amazing and ballsy. Isn’t that like real life imitating cartoons? Did they know how to tie the perfect knot? Do you actually learn that in jail? Maybe there were instructions engraved in the concrete from the last time…

  10. That place was a criminal conspiracy from the ground up! Between Manhattan Const., sherrif JD Sharp and the city inspectors, the kickbacks were flying!! They should have put those crooks in a cell as soon as it opened. Watched it all in action, they weren’t proud or concerned what was said or done in front of God or anybody because the “people” at the top were getting their pockets lined with tax payer money!
    Where in those cells they could stash 25 bedsheets is just a mystery to me, they are small and open with nowhere to hide anything that big…plus those glass blocks are just 12 in wide…you gotta be one skinny SOB to shimmy thru that hole!!

    1. Easy to lose weight on The Jail Food Diet.

  11. small town Kansas jails are filled with “criminals” who didn’t show up for debtor-creditor hearings. Wonder how many inmates at Oklahoma County Jail are in there for silly non-violent crimes.

  12. Knotted or unknotted?

  13. Got out through the glass blocks again! This happened shortly after the jail was built. Steel was welded over the glass block area. For years now, no one has gotten out like the first time. Then, the new jail administration, through its personnel, let bedsheets disappear while they are being used to make a rope. Who was minding the store while this was happening? Then, Calvey wants to blame P.D. Taylor. Put the blame where it belongs, square in the hands of the new jail administration/employees. Things will only get worse, and they’ll want the sheriff to take it back, just like Tulsa did.

  14. Perhaps next time they can use Joe Biden’s dirty laundry from Ukraine.

    1. Won’t get anyone down even from the second floor.

    2. And I thought they’d all crawl back under their rocks when donald melted down. I think, instead, they’re all considering becoming the new GOP deficit hawks again. Isn’t that just so perfect?

  15. Like I told the Sheriff, & 3 captains 2+ years ago. Turn Crossroads mall into the new jail..it’s 10 minutes from the courthouse (D.O.C. law), it has loading docks, parking, all the offices, training and meeting space needed. Turn the old stores into kitchen, commissary, laundry, storage, evidence, property etc.. and build housing on top. They agreed it was a hellnof a good idea.

  16. Kevin Calvey…..so fuckin’ conservative he uses his shitty toilet paper over and over. Throw his sorry ass in that jail! After, of course, spending a couple of months in the pecker pillory.

  17. I remember back in the ’90’s when KFOR did a series of reports on the Oklahoma County Jail called ‘The Money Pit.’ It would be great if somebody could find that graphic and use it for these stories.

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